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Sunday, May 1, 2016

View from SquidLips, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel, Florida Scene



This is the view from a popular restaurant, looking at the Indian River Lagoon right beside the Eau Gallie Causeway in Melbourne, Florida. This was a very pleasant day with my painting buddies. We get somewhat scattered in the summertime, but we paint together faithfully when we are here. Next week we are making a trek to Bok Tower in Central Florida. I painted the below painting a long time ago from a visit to Bok Tower. I grew up near there and wrote a memoir called Crackers and Oranges about my childhood. It was a different time in what we now call "Old Florida." It was before Disney, and the three big attractions were Bok Tower, Silver Springs, and Cypress Gardens, which is now Legoland. Pretty tame compared to the behemoths that are tourist attractions in Orlando these days.



Carmen

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Art Show in Middleburg


I am back from my show in Middleburg, Virginia, and I am happy to report that it was a very successful show. The venue was beautiful, thanks to my sister Genie, and I met so many lovely people. Sales were brisk and the food was delicious. What more could any artist ask?

The painting below was a favorite; I could have sold it three times, and by the time I got home I had a request for it from an online collector. I see that I need to paint more cows.

Now to finish all the paperwork so I can get back to painting!

Carmen


Eat More Chikin, SOLD.





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Garlic, 5x7 Oil on Wood Panel, Still Life



If I wrote a song about my favorite things, garlic would be near the top of the list. It must be my Mediterranean blood. It's healthy too, which I tell myself when eating delicious garlic knots at my favorite Italian restaurant. I like painting garlic and onions, because they are so layered and interesting. 

Carmen

Friday, April 22, 2016

Florida Road, 8x6 Oil on Canvas Panel, Landscape



When I was a kid we used to walk down roads like this: white sand meandering through woods. This road goes through a garden and it has that bright hot look from the Florida sun. This is a signed original, 6x8, painted on archival canvas, signed and ready to frame.

If all goes well, I am preparing for my show tonight (I scheduled this post in advance). If you live anywhere near Middleburg, Virginia, please stop by. 

Friday, April 22, 6 - 8 pm
The Parish House
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
105 E. Washington St
Middleburg, VA

Carmen

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Red Grapes, 5x7 Still Life Oil on Panel



This Spring weather just makes me want to be outside. I think it's time for some plein air painting. We don't have a very extreme "change of season" here in Florida, but my yard certainly comes to life. I have one Frangipani tree with leaves and no blooms, and a huge one with blooms and no leaves. Very odd. 

Been thinking of new challenges for the Pieces of 8 painting group. How about ten-minute plein air paintings? That sounds hard. Just what we need!

Carmen

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ten-Minute Paintings, 5x7 Oil on Panel Still Life


I've been doing lots of practice paintings to loosen up; first, 30-minute ones, then ten-minute ones. As I previously mentioned, my painting group did ten-minute exercises the last time we met, and it was a lot of fun.

I also did a yellow pear, and I'm not showing that one. Ick. It was, however, delicious.

Carmen

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tahiti Beach, 8x6 Oil on Canvas Panel, Elbow Cay, Abacos Islands Seascape



For Sale on Etsy

This is the place of my dreams. The water is pristine and clear, the sand is sparkling white, and the sky is blue. Stress is a thing of the past when you are in a place like this. It's beautiful Tahiti Beach, not in the Pacific, but on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands, Bahamas. There is no traffic because there are no cars. A golf cart suffices. One of my favorite places ever. Drop me off with my paints for a month or so.

(Back to reality) Coming Soon: My Solo Show

Friday, April 22, 6 - 8 pm
The Parish House
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
105 E. Washington St
Middleburg, VA


Carmen

Monday, April 11, 2016

Surf Song, 20x20 Oil on Canvas Seascape




This painting will be available at my solo show in Middleburg, Virginia on April 22nd. If you live in the area I hope you will drop by. Here is the info:

Friday, April 22, 6 - 8 pm
The Parish House
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
105 E. Washington St
Middleburg, VA

Carmen

Friday, April 8, 2016

Yellow Posies, 5x7 Oil on Panel, Floral Still Life


During a previous meeting of the Pieces of 8 painting group I challenged everyone to do a painting in 30 minutes. This week I challenged them to do one in only ten minutes. We put flowers, fruit, and an onion on a table and we each painted one object in ten minutes. Then we turned the table so we each had a different vantage point and did it again. We did five paintings this way, and it was wonderful practice in so many ways. This was my first painting, and my best one.

Carmen

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Castaway, 8x10 Original Oil on Canvas Panel Beach Painting



This was a lovely day painting outdoors with our painting group. Someone on Facebook calls this experience the "Plein Air High," and I have to agree. We topped it off with a delicious picnic lunch, most of which was provided by Kathy, who always thinks of everything. It didn't hurt that the weather was perfect!